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New global partnership sees The Sunflower Fund become DKMS Africa
New global partnership sees The Sunflower Fund become DKMS AfricaArticle

Following an amalgamation of the two organisations, The Sunflower Fund partnered by DKMS has now become DKMS Africa, a donor recruitment centre and stem cell registry...

25 Mar 2021

Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable access
Access and affordability: South African launch of critical medications drives equitable accessArticle

In putting healthcare in South Africa under the microscope, Covid-19 has exposed many weaknesses inherent in the country's fractured socio-economic environment...

Paul Miller, Issued by Cipla 1 Feb 2021

Landmark oncology drug registration
Landmark oncology drug registrationArticle

Cipla recently received regulatory approval for lenalidomide - a lifesaving immunomodulatory drug that activates and increases the number of immune system cells that identify and attack cancer cells - to bring this medication into the South African market at affordable prices...

Issued by Cipla 4 Dec 2020

Sunflower Fund calls on South Africans to support flagship campaign
Sunflower Fund calls on South Africans to support flagship campaignArticle

To mark the end of the National Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donation and Leukaemia Awareness Month, which is observed from the 15 August to 15 October, the Sunflower Fund is urging South Africans to support its flagship campaign, Sunflower Day...

1 Oct 2020

Dr Siobhan Glavey, RSCI
Building predictive testing for multiple myelomaArticle

By combining genomic testing and next generation sequencing technology, a new partnership aims to advance predictive tests for multiple myeloma (MM)...

23 Sep 2020

A leukemia cell. Kateryna Kon/ Shutterstock
Cancer treatment: study finds targeting nearby 'normal' cells could improve survival ratesArticle

Cancer of the immune system, called lymphoma or leukaemia, generally affects the entire body's bone marrow and lymph nodes. Because these types of cancers are so widespread, surgery isn't useful, so patients are usually treated with chemotherapy...

Ingo Ringshausen 17 Jan 2020

Get your Sunflower Day tope at these retailers
Get your Sunflower Day tope at these retailersArticle

This year, The Sunflower Fund's multi-purpose accessory, Tube of Hope (tope), will be on sale at Pick n Pay stores nationwide, selected independent pharmacies and online at Zando from 1 August 2019. Sunflower Day will be commemorated on Friday, 20 September 2019...

23 Jul 2019

With the right skills and infrastructure, Africa can boost its genomics research efforts. Dmytro Zinkevych/Shutterstock
Africa needs a heavy dose of investment in genomics researchArticle

For several months, my friend's father lay helpless in one of Nairobi's premier hospitals. There was no clear diagnosis...

Jenniffer Mabuka-Maroa 5 Apr 2019

Antibody could increase cure rate for blood, immune disorders
Antibody could increase cure rate for blood, immune disordersArticle

An antibody-based treatment can gently and effectively eliminate diseased blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow to prepare for the transplantation of healthy stem cells...

14 Feb 2019

Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancers
Common skin cancer can signal increased risk of other cancersArticle

Frequent skin cancers due to mutations in genes responsible for repairing DNA are linked to a threefold risk of unrelated cancers...

15 Aug 2018

Ummy Mwalimu, Tanzanian health, community development, gender, elderly and children minister
Few cancer cases make it to hospital in TanzaniaArticle

Only 13,000 of the people diagnosed with cancer each year in Tanzania report to hospital for treatment...

Syriacus Buguzi 5 Apr 2018

Competition Commission drops investigation into Aspen's alleged excessive pricing
Competition Commission drops investigation into Aspen's alleged excessive pricingArticle

The Competition Commission has dropped its investigation into local company Aspen for allegedly charging excessive prices...

Katharine Child 5 Oct 2017

Aspen's drug pricing faces EU, UK probes
Aspen's drug pricing faces EU, UK probesArticle

Aspen Pharmaceuticals' failure to disclose its 2016 €5.2m Italian competition authorities fine for price gouging has backfired.

Ann Crotty 19 Apr 2017

Three cancer NPOs to benefit from Algoa FM Cell C Big Walk for Cancer
Three cancer NPOs to benefit from Algoa FM Cell C Big Walk for CancerArticle

Three non-governmental organisations which provide support to cancer sufferers in the Eastern Cape will benefit from the 2016 Algoa FM Cell C Big Walk for Cancer...

Issued by Algoa FM 29 Jul 2016

Take a walkabout in Joburg with Ian Botham
Take a walkabout in Joburg with Ian BothamArticle

Joburgers as well as visitors to the city are invited to walk for charity on 15 and 16 December 2015 and rub shoulders with one of the world's greatest cricketers...

11 Dec 2015

Record entries at Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer
Record entries at Algoa FM Big Walk for CancerArticle

A total of 11,600 people of all ages took to the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay in the annual Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer on Saturday, 31 October, to raise funds to support cancer patients in the province...

Issued by Algoa FM 2 Nov 2015

New leukaemia gene stops blood cells 'growing up'
New leukaemia gene stops blood cells 'growing up'Article

Scientists have identified a gene - FOXC1 - that, if switched on, causes more aggressive cancer in a fifth of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients, according to a Cancer Research UK study...

15 Sep 2015

EC Department of Health backs Big Walk for Cancer
EC Department of Health backs Big Walk for CancerArticle

Dr Singilizwe Moko, the Eastern Cape Department of Health's General Manager for District Health Services, announced a three-year partnership with Algoa FM at the launch of the Big Walk for Cancer...

Issued by Algoa FM 15 Sep 2015

Stem Cell storage - preserving the unbelievable cord
Stem Cell storage - preserving the unbelievable cordArticle

Over the past few months, there has been an increased interest in stem cell storage. This is largely due to the number of studies and trials that have been conducted worldwide where stem cells have been used to treat a number of different diseases...

14 Apr 2015

Hair-raising findings on Brazilian straighteners
Hair-raising findings on Brazilian straightenersArticle

A UCT study on 'Brazilian keratin type' hair-straightening products has found unacceptably high and dangerous concentrations of formaldehyde in seven brands sold in South Africa and these pose a serious health risks.

23 Apr 2014

Bosman excels in Nike Women's Marathon
Bosman excels in Nike Women's MarathonArticle

Charne Bosman finished third in the Nike Women's Half Marathon which was recently held in San Francisco. Some 30,000 women continued the legacy of the Nike Women's Marathon (NWM), running the tenth anniversary of the race.

25 Oct 2013

Successfully treating leukaemiaArticle

Leukaemia can now usually be successfully treated and is no longer such a 'dread disease', thanks to new blood cancer treatments that can save patients' lives.

15 Oct 2013

AstraZeneca buys US cancer drugs firm
AstraZeneca buys US cancer drugs firmArticle

LONDON, UK: AstraZeneca said on Tuesday (27 August) that it has agreed to buy US-based cancer drugs company Amplimmune, as the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical group seeks to bolster its flagging pipeline of new products.

28 Aug 2013

AstraZeneca buys US cancer drugs firmArticle

LONDON, UK: AstraZeneca said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy US-based cancer drugs company Amplimmune, as the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals group seeks to bolster its flagging pipeline of new products.

27 Aug 2013

Small cancer risk following CT scans in childhood, adolescenceArticle

New research has found a small increase in cancer risk following exposure to CT scans in children and young people. Researchers used anonymised medical records for 11 million young Australians, including 680,000 who were exposed to CT scans between 1985 and 2005.

3 Jun 2013

World Lymphoma Awareness DayArticle

Saturday, 15 September 2012, marks the 9th anniversary of World Lymphoma Awareness Day. This initiative was originally started by the global Lymphoma Coalition, and aspires to bring together all concerned healthcare professionals, patients and caretakers in a joint effort to inform the public about the early warning signs and symptoms of lymphoma.

13 Sep 2012

Scientists find new drug target for hard-to-treat leukaemia
Scientists find new drug target for hard-to-treat leukaemiaArticle

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered a promising new approach to treat a type of myeloid leukaemia - a cancer with limited treatment options and relatively poor survival, according to research published in Cancer Cell last week.

5 Apr 2012

World Lymphoma Awareness Day
World Lymphoma Awareness DayArticle

Giving voice to a cancer that can be cured... "I am the Voice of Lymphoma" launches on World Lymphoma Awareness Day. One million people worldwide live with lymphoma[i] and nearly 1000 people are diagnosed with the disease every day[2], yet many South African's generally don't know about this type of cancer.

12 Aug 2011

Global view of blood cell development reveals new and complex circuitry
Global view of blood cell development reveals new and complex circuitryArticle

A small pool of stem cells replenishes the human body with about 200 billion new blood cells daily. However, the elaborate circuitry that determines if a cell will develop into a T cell, red blood cell, or one of the nine or more other blood cell types remains largely unknown.

21 Jan 2011

Leukaemia: A reason to hope
Leukaemia: A reason to hopeArticle

In hospitals and homes around South Africa, patients are winning the fight against leukaemia...

18 Nov 2010

Leukaemia: A reason to hope
Leukaemia: A reason to hopeArticle

In hospitals and homes around South Africa, patients are winning the fight against leukaemia...

28 Sep 2010

New research may enhance the treatment for blood cancer in childrenArticle

Acute lymphatic leukaemia is the most common form of blood cancer in children. Even though chemotherapy is improving, the cancer often returns. Johan Jansson's research at Kalmar University in Sweden shows that cancer cells that have been exposed to chemotherapy and survived are less vulnerable to chemotherapy, and more aggressive as well. But this research also yielded discoveries that should be able to enhance our treatment of the disease.

30 Sep 2009

Leukaemia stem cells found to work differently to other blood stem cellsArticle

Research which sheds light on how blood cancer cells work may improve the power of leukaemia treatments.

8 Feb 2009

Cytotoxic therapies to feel sting of genericsArticle

Cytotoxic therapies will continue to gain market value, but according to a leading UK-based research company, from 2013, that value will begin to decline as generics become a more common form of treatment.

Chandni Surti 2 Dec 2008

Building a network of oncology nurses and practitionersArticle

This is a key objective of the South African Lymphoma Patient Group.

Issued by The Mail Room 14 May 2008

Building a network of oncology nurses and practitionersArticle

This is a key objective of the South African Lymphoma Patient group.

Issued by The Mail Room 24 Apr 2008

AORTIC: When people think of ill health in AfricaArticle

When people think of ill health in Africa, their minds immediately turn to AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Diarrhoea and Maternal Mortality among others.

15 Oct 2007

How Vitamin C stops the Big “C”Article

An unexpected antioxidant mechanism is at play, researchers say.

12 Sep 2007

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